Woodsmen’s Festival


Woodsmen’s Festival

Showcasing logging, sawing and woodworking history


The Woodsmen’s Festival will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 10 am – 5 pm. The Festival features demonstrations of lumberjack skills by the SUNY Cobleskill Woodsmen’s Team, a variety of woodworking exhibitors, tree walks, kids’ activities, food and more.  Check out our Schedule of Activities from our 2013 Festival. Our 2014 Woodsmen’s Festival Schedule of Activities will be coming soon.

Visitors can watch the sawdust fly as logs are sawn in the Museum’s sawmill, powered by a 1926 Fitz overshot waterwheel. At the box shop, Mill workers will use the vintage woodworking machines to turn Mill-sawn lumber into useful wood products, like boxes, crates and tub covers. Historic cooking demonstrations will be taking place in the John Hanford Farmhouse, where visitors also can learn more about home life in the 1920s.

New this year is an expanded list of woodworking exhibitors, including carving and traditional hand woodworking by members of the Northeastern Woodworkers Association; timber frame building by Hanford Mills staff; coopering by Bob Allers; and creating a shoulder yoke with an adz and crooked knife by Barry Keegan. Bernd Krause will be demonstrating and talking about his replica of a 17th century lathe, its use at the time, and how it was built.

The men and women of the SUNY Cobleskill Woodsmen’s Team, who participate in intercollegiate competitions and practice five nights a week, will demonstrate cross-cut sawing, overhand and underhand chop, ax throwing, and other lumberjack skills at 11:30 am and 2 pm.

The Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) will lead “Alien Invader” tree walks throughout the day, identifying trees and talking about the invasive forest pest that threaten them, including the emerald ash borer, the Asian long-horned beetle, and the hemlock wooly adelgid. Bovina Brown Bats will have an exhibit about bats and the impact of White Nose Syndrome and offer bat houses, wooden folk art and wooden toys for sale. The Hobart Book Village will have a selection of books and paper gift items for sale. Eagle Ridge BBQ will be selling barbeque pork, burgers, fresh-cut fries, chili, hotdogs and beverages.The Museum’s gift shop will be open, offering Mill-made crafts, traditional toys, sweets, books and local products.

The Woodsmen’s Festival is included with Museum admission. Admission is $8.50 for adults and teens, $6.50 for seniors, and always free for children 12 and under. Museum members also receive free admission.